After about a year of searching and four interim directors, Teton County has officially hired a planning and building director, it announced Tuesday.
Chris Neubecker, who has served as the planning manager for the town of Vail, Colorado, for the past four years, will begin work for the county starting Nov. 12, according to a release.
“I am honored to be selected for this role,” Neubecker said in a statement. “I look forward to meeting and working with the people and organizations that make Teton County special. I’m also looking forward to working with Teton County’s great staff and County Commissioners to help implement the community’s vision for the future.”
He brings more than 21 years of experience in Colorado’s public sector, including work in mountain towns like Breckenridge and Vail. He is accredited by the Green Building Certification Institute and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Teton County’s planning director position has been vacant since Oct. 1, 2018, when Tyler Sinclair — formerly the joint town and county planning director — departed to focus solely on planning for the town of Jackson.
Since then Teton County has had an internal interim director and has hired three temporary planning directors through GovTemps, a national recruiting and interim staffing firm. Temporary directors were contracted at a rate of $84 an hour.
The position oversees the department’s staff and services, like land use, development permits, long-range planning, building permits and inspections, and zoning enforcement.
County Human Resources Director Julianne Fries previously told the News&Guide that filling the planning director role has been difficult because of a nationwide shortage of planning candidates, the complexity of the position unique to Teton County and “our interest in finding the ‘right’ candidate for this position, as opposed to settling for ‘a’ candidate.”